Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Hundreds to benefit from annual health mission in Montego Bay

GOOD BABY: Medical personnel attending to a little one during a previous Vin Martin Memorial Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities' Health Mission in Montego Bay, St James.

GOOD BABY: Medical personnel attending to a little one during a previous Vin Martin Memorial Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities' Health Mission in Montego Bay, St James.

Hundreds of persons are expected to benefit from free medical services at the 26th annual Vin Martin Memorial Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities' Health Mission at the St John’s Methodist Community Action Centre in Montego Bay, St James from October 7.

The late Vin Martin was chairman of the Atlanta Chapter of the Sister Cities' Committee, and Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Atlanta. The position of chairman of the Atlanta committee is currently held by Dr Yvonne Smith, with businessman, Fred Smith, the chairman of the Montego Bay committee.

Over 50 medical professionals from the city of Atlanta are to be joined by local volunteers to deliver healthcare to citizens from St James and adjoining parishes during the period. The team from Atlanta includes medical practitioners, nurses and other non-medical personnel. They are to be joined in Montego Bay by local physicians, nurses and scores of non-medical volunteers.

Members of the public will be able to access free health services between 8.30 am and 4pm daily. Specialists in the fields of ophthalmology, gynaecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, internal medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacology are to be in attendance at the health fair, which will run up to Wednesday, October 9.

In addition to the services which are to be delivered at the St John’s Action Centre, medical personnel are to work at two outreach clinics this year. On Tuesday, October 8, they are scheduled to be at the Green Pond Health Centre which will be adopted by the Atlanta Sister City Committee. On that day, the team is also to deliver medical services at the Adelphi Health Centre.

Some of the persons in attendance at a previous staging of the health mission in Montego Bay.

Montego Bay Mayor, Homer Davis, is already looking forward to welcoming the Atlanta-based medical professionals and volunteers, and to the services which they are to deliver while in the parish.

“The annual health fair has benefited thousands across western Jamaica and St James in particular, and the service has always been of high quality. It is surely a pleasure to host the team of medical professionals – from overseas and locally – here in our parish. We in St James are very appreciative of the invaluable contribution that our volunteers have made over the years to our people through this programme,” said Davis.

The Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities' Committee is one of 18 members of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission, and is believed to be the oldest Caribbean group in the City of Atlanta.  The mission is facilitated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the St James Health Department, and is one of the major events to be staged to coincide with Montego Bay’s celebration of its city status. 

Approximately 70,000 residents of Montego Bay and its environs have been served by the health mission over the past 23 years, and approximately J$150 million of medical supplies and services have been donated by the health committee over the period.

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